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Unique challenges, unprecedented opportunities

Several of this year’s WIPL keynoters share their thoughts around challenges and opportunities and offer advice to women looking to rise in their own legal departments

Maryanne Lavan, senior vice president and general counsel of Lockheed Martin Corp.

This year’s keynote luncheon topic at the Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference will focus on “Women Leaders: Unique Challenges, Unprecedented Opportunities.” Several of this year’s keynoters shared their thoughts around challenges and opportunities and offered some advice to women looking to rise in their own legal departments.

Nancy J. Laben, executive vice president and general counsel of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., said she has faced challenges when being accepted in a leadership role that have ranged from the “sublime to the ridiculous.” Some people have turned to passive-aggressive behavior, while others have listened to her voice but not what she has to say. She has even been criticized for not wearing traditional black suits.

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Amy I. Stickel

Amy I. Stickel has extensive experience covering the legal, financial and pharmaceutical industries as a writer and editor. A past managing editor of Corporate Legal Times and...

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